Iran strongly warns USA about military threats

Nellie Chapman
April 3, 2020

In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Trump warned Iran against such an attack.

A new group calling itself the "League of Revolutionaries" took responsibility for the attacks, although a well-known Iranian-backed militia called Kata'ib Hezbollah also gloated that it was protecting the attackers. He said USA forces were being closely monitored minute by minute and any United States attack would produce the most severe response.

He added, "Americans are well aware that the people of the region and the dear people of Iraq are opposed to their military presence in these countries and it is their normal reaction".

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reacts during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, September 2, 2019.

In December, Washington blamed Kataib Hezbollah for a strike that killed a USA contractor and triggered a round of violence that led Trump to order the killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a drone strike in Baghdad the following month.

"Iran has friends: No one can have millions of proxies unlike the US-which surreptitiously lies, cheats & assassinates-Iran only acts in self-defence".

It was not clear whether Trump meant Washington actually has intelligence of such a plan.

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that Iran was about to launch an attack on U.S. troops occupying Iraq.

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"If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!" the president wrote. The foreign ministry warned April 1 that the U.S.is making threatening moves in Iraq, instead of leaving the country as Iraqis "demand".

Soon after the assassinations, the Iraqi parliament overwhelmingly ratified a bill demanding complete withdrawal of all American-led forces from the Arab country's soil.

They escalated in January when the U.S. killed Iran's Major General Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike near Baghdad airport.

Since his assassination, a series of respective strikes have been launched by the U.S. and Iran backed militiamen. Last month, for example, two Americans and a Briton were killed in a rocket attack on a base north of Baghdad.

As an example, Lawlor said Kataib Hezbollah last week claimed to have conducted "a large scale "military exercise" in which thousands of its members purportedly practiced repelling US air and ground assaults with live fire".

The missile systems are protected by C-RAMs, which can detect and shoot down incoming rocket and mortar fire, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie told Pentagon reporters in March.

Bagheri said recent attacks on American interests in Iraq are a "normal reaction by the Iraqi people and resistance forces against U.S". But the administration remains divided over how, or even whether, to strike back.

He said: "We are focused on the group that we believe perpetrated this in Iraq".

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